Reuters reports that Hua Chunying said that Meng Wanzhou’s return shows the Chinese Communist Party’s ability to protest its citizens, companies, and interests.
Chunying added that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor cases were “completely different” from Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s case as hers was a case of “political persecution,”.
“It has long been a fully proven fact that this is an incident of political persecution against a Chinese citizen, an act designed to hobble Chinese high-tech companies.” Hua Chunying said.
China has continuously denied that the two Michael’s were arrested in retaliation for Meng Wanzhou arrest, an act Canada has characterized as “hostage diplomacy,”.
However, just hours after the release of Men Wanzhou, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were both released from Chinese custody and were on a plane back to Canada after over 1000 days in detention in China.
The Chinese Global Times reports that supposedly the two Michael’s confessed “guilt” for their crimes in China and were granted bail for medical reasons before departing Canada.
“The two confessed to their crimes and wrote confession and repentance letters in their own handwriting. According to relevant authorities, the two defendants should strictly abide by the decision on bail. In case of violation, China can resume the trial of the alleged criminal acts.”, the Global Times reported.
The Global Times also made the connection that since the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) wrote on Twitter welcoming the two Michael’s home to Canada, that it somehow proves that the two Michael’s were spies.
“Ironically, as soon as the two Canadians touched down in Canada, the Canadian intelligence eagerly welcomed them, which proved their identities and activities of spies are not made up by China.”, the Chinese Global Times wrote in an article about the two Michael’s release from China.
In the past, speaking to Canada Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying has said,
“A word for the Canadian side: the attempt to conduct “megaphone diplomacy” and gang up on China failed in the past, and will never have its way in the future.”